EXCLUSIVE: Leslie and Robert Zemeckis are teaming on Bound By Flesh, a documentary she will direct on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese sisters joined at the hip who graduated from wax museums and the carnival sideshow circuit to become the biggest moneymaking act on vaudeville. At their peak, they worked alongside Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Burns and Allen. Robert Zemeckis, her husband, will be executive producer, with Jackie Levine producing.
Born in Brighton, England, the sisters were conjoined twins and their mother, a single barmaid, sold them to her boss, who sniffed a freak show fortune. They were taught to dance and sing, and were exploited throughout their childhood until they eventually sued and won their freedom. They went on to have a successful career until the business phased out. Zemeckis is planning a spring, 2013 release. Zemeckis helmed the documentary Behind the Burly Q, and created the one-woman burlesque-inspired show Staar: She’s Back and Mistresser Than Ever!, and she recently produced the film Staar, which stars Carrie Fisher and Jeffrey Tambor. Her docu Behind the Burly Q is currently airing on Showtime.